What does it sound like?:
Was it really five years ago that Paul Simon appeared at Hyde Park – where did that time go? Finally, we get this two cd plus dvd set to commemorate the occasion, and damn fine it is too.
The first half of the set combines a selection of his hits, starting off with the sublime Kodachrome and including Dazzling Blue from his then current album So Beautiful Or So What. Perhaps the centrepiece of this first set is four songs performed by and with Jimmy Cliff, although annoyingly while all four appear on the dvd, only two appear on the cd itself. Throw in crackers like 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover, Slip Slidin’ Away and Hearts And Bones and you’ve already got the makings of a great show.
However, the highlight of this package for me is the second set, which showcases a performance of the seminal Graceland album, featuring to great effect Ray Phiri, Hugh Masakela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. A great album majestically performed – I’m sure most know the songs by now, but suffice to say there’s an absolutely great version of Under African Skies included. To be fair though, the whole thing is excellent. Want more – the encores are The Boxer and The Sound Of Silence, closely followed by Late In The Evening and Still Crazy. It just doesn’t get any better than that!
A great souvenir of a great night.
What does it all *mean*?
What a catalogue this man has – he ranks right up there with Dylan as one of the premier singer songwriters of his era, and like Dylan his success and appeal has transcended the passing years. I wonder if we’ll ever see his like again.
Goes well with…
An evening spent reliving that summer’s night back in July of 2012.
Might suit people who like…
His solo albums, Simon and Garfunkel, or just top quality song writing.